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Thread: List of American equivalents of JNCs CAPTIVE IMPORT LIST

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    List of American equivalents of JNCs CAPTIVE IMPORT LIST

    So I've thought it would be a good idea to have a list of all the american versions of Japanese cars, maybe this is sticky worthy. A lot of JNCs were imported here under American names so they could have more fuel efficient cars available, these were called Captive Imports. I'll start with what I know and can verify. Btw Geo was probably the coolest thing GM has ever done.

    Ex: 1978-1983 Dodge Challenger / Plymouth Sapporo = Mitsubishi Galant Lambda

    GM:
    1972-1982 Chevrolet LUV = Isuzu P'up/Isuzu Faster
    1976-1980 Buick Opel = Isuzu Gemini
    1989 Geo Spectrum = Suzuki Gemini
    1989-1994 Geo Metro = Suzuki Swift/Suzuki Cultus
    1990-1993 Geo Storm = Suzuki Piazza
    1989-1998 Geo(Chevrolet) Tracker = Suzuki Escudo/Suzuki Sidekick

    Ford:
    1987-1989 Mercury Tracer* = Mazda 323
    1972-1982 Ford Courier** = Mazda B series
    1988-1993 Ford Festiva = Kia Pride (technically KNC but honorable mention)

    Chrysler/Mopar:
    1987-1989 Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth Conquest = Mitsubishi Starion
    1971-1977 Dodge Colt/1974+ Plymouth Crickett(CDN) = Mitsubishi Galant
    1976-1980 Plymouth Arrow = Mitsubishi Celeste
    1978-1981 Dodge Colt/Plymouth Colt = Mitsubishi Lancer
    1978-1983 Dodge Challenger / Plymouth Sapporo = Mitsubishi Galant Lambda
    1979-1986 Dodge D-50 = Mitsubishi Forte
    1979-1982 Plymouth Arrow truck = Mitsubishi Forte
    1987-1989 Dodge Raider = Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero
    1987-1989 Dodge Ram 50 = Mitsubishi Mighty Max
    1982-1994 Dodge Colt/Plymouth Champ/Plymouth Colt/Eagle Summit = Mitsubishi Mirage
    1983-1991 Dodge Colt Vista = Mitsubishi Space Wagon
    1991-1997 Eagle Summit Wagon = Mitsubishi Expo LRV


    * (3 door only unless someone can verify otherwise)
    ** Cab and chassis only with ford bed until 1977

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    Re: List of American equivalents of JNCs

    Should I flip this around so it says the Japanese manufacturers and the american equivalents?

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